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Gunsmithing school online curriculum

Firearms work on basic principles, but often have complex mechanisms and delicate calibrations. As such, a skilled hand is required to carry out maintenance, repair, and adjustments. With our Gunsmithing school online curriculum, you will develop a strong gunsmithing skill set, helping you stand out to potential employers and move your career to the next level—without interrupting it.

Lesson Group 1 – Orientation: Ashworth College Career Program

Lesson: Learning at Ashworth 

Introduction to distance education and Ashworth school policies; tips on effective study skills; examinations and assessment of student learning; an overview of 21st Century work and life skills.

Lesson: Careers for Mechanics and Technicians 

An overview of potential career paths and professional development available for students who formally develop their mechanical and technical skills. Includes a summary of math and science concepts important to mechanics as well as applications of modern technologies in the mechanics workplace. The lesson concludes with an overview of general workplace safety practices and applications of personal protection equipment.

Lesson Group 2 – Gunsmith Concepts

Lesson: Being a Gunsmith  

An overview of the skills and knowledge required to perform the duties of a trained gunsmith, including the basic daily tasks required and the terminology specific to the firearms industry. Students will learn about the Federal Firearms License application process and other details related to operating a gun repair business, including workshop layout.

Lesson: Gunsmith Equipment  

This lesson is an introduction to the types of hand and power tools and other types of equipment necessary to repair and maintain various types of firearms. In addition to common shop tools, students will learn about milling machines, lathes, and soldering and welding equipment. The importance of technical data and techniques for locating gun documentation is also reviewed.

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Program Description

The Gunsmithing program provides students with a basic understanding of the materials, tools and processes used by firearms repair professionals to maintain, restore, modify and upgrade common pistols, rifles and shotguns. Students learn safe-work practices, hand and power tool identification and operation, and to identify various brands and styles of commercially available firearms. The program provides instruction on the serviceable components of modern firearms as well as the equipment, tools, and practices used to customize and upgrade guns to customer specification. This program also provides instruction on basic shop setup and business practices.

Program Objectives

After completing the Gunsmithing program, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the basic tools and materials used by gunsmiths to safely repair and maintain firearm standard firearms.
  2. Describe the basic tools and materials used by gunsmiths to safely repair and maintain standard firearms.
  3. Explain the evaluation process used to determine the extent of damage to different types of firearms and describe the levels of repair or simple maintenance required to restore firearms to safe working condition.
  4. Describe the process of disassembly, inspection, troubleshooting, repair, and reassembly of multiple rifle and shotgun styles manufactured by Winchester, Marlin, and Remington.
  5. Identify maintenance and repair techniques used for standard adjustments for overall firearm accuracy and the adjustment and testing of barrel action, triggers, and safeties.
  6. Outline the steps required for the evaluation and simple repair of firearm stocks.
  7. Describe the basic assembly, disassembly, design, and function of the parts and components for standard revolvers and semiautomatic pistols.

Targeting career success

Ashworth College API Program Name Career Diploma program help you develop the confidence you need to reach for your career goals because we integrate job search prep into your studies. With the online tools at the Ashworth EDGE, you’ll get step-by-step guidance as you create polished, professional resumes and letters. After you graduate, you’ll keep your Ashworth EDGE account so you can revisit the tools any time you need to make a good impression on a potential employer. Learn more about it at the Career Services page.

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